Several office spaces are currently available for rent at the Small Business Innovation Center (SBIC), located between the Paulding Area Foundation building and the Electoral Commission.
Managed by the Paulding County Economic Development (PCED) Office, SBIC was established in 2015 to provide an economical business office environment for emerging or established businesses located outside the neighborhood. With a prime location on the “plaza,” these businesses will have the opportunity to assess community support and maximize visibility to determine whether opening their own store is viable or profitable. I have. Ideally, these businesses would thrive and eventually require their own permanent space from vacant stores in Paulding County or stores in need of renovation.
AgCredit, a member-owned agricultural credit company in Northwest Ohio, was the first company to successfully capitalize on the SBIC opportunity. AgCredit added members to its team as he moved into a renovated retail space at 839 N. Williams St in fall 2020 after establishing a temporary office at SBIC.
Other companies have temporarily resided at SBIC while future locations are under construction or have not yet been established. Paulding’s probate court temporarily occupied his one of his suites in the SBIC office, but McDonald’s moved it to his pike permanent location. In 2020, Union Bank expanded to Paulding with an SBIC reception area and office suites while its future location on Main Street in Paulding is undergoing renovations. The former Red Angel Pizza owner ended his career at SBIC home his office.
PCED Director Tim Copsey said: We look forward to what the future holds for our next business as we occupy this open space. “
What SBIC offers
SBIC consists of two levels of rentable office space. The main entrance opens onto a reception area of approximately 240 square feet with ample workspace with two seating areas.
Between the reception area and the community office area are four 10′ x 12′ office suites. The community area features a full kitchen including workspace, file storage, restrooms, microwave, sink, and refrigerator. Three of the suites are currently occupied by PC Waste Management, Made to Achievement, and the county’s newly established United Edge Real Estate and Auctions.
At the far end of the lower level is a community boardroom that seats up to 12 people. All spaces have power and are equipped with wifi.
There are a total of 5 office spaces available for rent on the second floor, 4 of which are currently in use. There are two conference rooms that can be rented out by the hour. Northwest State Community College holds classes in this space, and the Paulding Entrepreneurship Network (PEN) hosts his two meetings a month.
Companies currently occupying offices on the upper floors include Habitat for Humanity, Family First Bail Bondsman, Papin Photography and Northwest Ohio Wind.
For more information about SBIC, or for a tour of these spaces, please contact Office Manager Kristen Schilt at 419-399-8295 or email@example.com.